Photo: Maria De Villota Hurt in Crash
Maria de Villota, of the Formula One team Marussia, has lost her right eye in a crash at a test event on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old driver, one of only two female drivers ever contracted to an F1 team, sustained her injuries at a British airfield after running into a stationary truck.
She was then rushed to the Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in the English county of Cambridgeshire, where she underwent surgery for “serious head and facial injuries.”
Tuesday was the first time De Villota had been behind the wheel of her MR01 car; Marussia officials are investigating the accident.
“However, it is with great sadness that I must report that, due to the injuries she sustained, Maria has lost her right eye,” stated the principal of the F1 team, John Booth to CNN.
“Maria’s care and the well-being of her family remain our priority at this time. Her family are at the hospital, and we are doing everything possible to support them.”
Marussia, based in the UK, recruited De Villota in March having driven in the Euroseries 300, the Spanish Formula Three, and the Daytona 24 Hours.
The De Villota family of Madrid, is in shock and rushed to their daughters side immediately. Maria’s father, Emilio de Villota is a former F1 driver who raced from 1976 to 1982.